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Q&A Spotlight: Melanie Nevid

Author: The Dermatology Specialists

Melanie Nevid The Dermatology Specialists

Melanie Nevid brings a depth of clinical knowledge and compassion to her role as a board-certified Physician Assistant with a specialization in dermatology.

Raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Melanie graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2010, with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She continued her education at Touro College in Manhattan, NY, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, and a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2013. Melanie then joined the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New York Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Melanie went on to practice dermatology across New York in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan, and before joining The Dermatology Specialists. Over the course of her career, Melanie has had experience treating diverse populations of all ages, from infants to the geriatric community, and everyone in between.

Melanie maintains a deep interest in the psychosocial impact on skin, and has a very compassionate understanding of the high stress lifestyles many New Yorkers experience daily. In 2013, she shared her insights on the subject, authoring an article on the psychocutaneous manifestations of stress for the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants.

We got to know more about Melanie Nevid’s drive to become a Physician Assistant and her passion for treating patients in the dermatological field:

What inspired you to become a Physician Assistant in dermatology?

Years ago, my grandfather was rushed to the hospital with congestive heart failure and I experienced firsthand the importance of the Physician Assistant’s role. It was a very scary and confusing time for our family. The doctors would come and go because they were very busy, and the PAs were fantastic in taking care of my family during that extremely emotional time.

I chose to become a Physician Assistant because I like making people feel better and I knew that I wanted a job that would allow me to be personable and empathetic toward patients. I also wanted to continue on a career path that would fit my life well. The idea of being a Physician Assistant was the best of both worlds.

Can you tell us about your interest in the impact of stress on skin?

Stress, psychosocial issues and skin health are all intertwined. When you have a skin condition, you’re experiencing it every day, which can have a serious effect on the way you feel and on your overall psychological health.

At the same time, life stressors can manifest as skin conditions like eczema, acne and psoriasis. It’s a double-edged sword, so we have to find a good balance between mitigating both the stress and its symptoms on the skin.

How does your passion for psychosocial health’s role on skincare manifest itself in how you care for patients?

I have family members who have suffered from anxiety disorders, so I’m very sympathetic toward any emotional or mental hardships patients might be experiencing. Having a good bedside manner where you remain considerate and listen in a safe, judgement-free zone helps patients open up about their anxieties or skin issues. This open communication allows me to advocate for them and identify what types of treatments might work best.

Since I’m passionate about the impact of anxiety on skincare, I’m also familiar in distraction techniques that help patients stop ineffective coping behaviors like picking, pulling, or biting their skin.

What is one of the most satisfying parts of your job?

Having a satisfying career is all about having a passion for what you do. The best part of my job is seeing positive results from my treatment plans and watching my patients’ confidence improve. It’s a great feeling to know I’ve helped someone, both physically and mentally.

When people come in with acne, rashes or other skin conditions, they’re often nervous, looking for someone to help them. Like the physician assistant who helped my grandfather, I want to be a compassionate resource for patients.

What hobbies or activities do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to see live music as much as I can. Recently, I saw the band Hot Chip and it was amazing.

On a typical day off, I enjoy hanging out with my dog, Hank, who is a two-year-old mini Goldendoodle. We go on long walks in the park or to the dog cafe. I’m looking forward to bringing him upstate soon to enjoy the nature and fresh air.